SC seeks Centre’s response on the amendment to the Anti-Corruption Act

The Supreme Court of India has sought the Centre’s response on plea challenging constitutional validity of amended section 17A of Prevention of Corruption Act

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The Supreme Court of India has sought the Centre's response on plea challenging constitutional validity of amended section 17A of Prevention of Corruption Act on Monday, November 26.

The PIL, filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation’ (CPIL), challenged the validity of a provision of the anti-graft law which mandates prior sanction before starting a probe against a government servant in a corruption case.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing the NGO, said the amended provision makes the prior sanction of appointing authority essential to launch investigation against government servants in corruption cases

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Ajay Rastogi issued notice to the Centre on the PIL against the validity of amended section amended section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act .

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing the NGO, said the amended provision makes the prior sanction of appointing authority essential to launch investigation against government servants in corruption cases.

“We think that you are entitled to a hearing and so we have issued the notice,” said the bench.

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